The Communication and New Media Studies programs merge Alma’s liberal arts emphasis on interdisciplinary study with a subject that is both timeless and timely: human communication.
Communication Major and Minor
The study of communication involves investigation of the way messages and media influence relationships, organizations, communities and cultures. Rigorous interdisciplinary coursework, critical and creative project work, and required internships prepare students for graduate study and for professional careers in communication and media industries, non-profit agencies, health care organizations, social and political advocacy, public relations and many other arenas.
Communication majors complete core classes in communication and cognate areas such as ethics, critical thinking and language study. Students also choose a concentration of advanced courses in communication complemented by classes in allied disciplines. Majors in all concentrations take integrative capstone seminars and complete a required internship. Internships may be completed locally, overseas or through domestic programs, including the:
The Communication major prepares students for graduate work in communication, media studies, journalism, public affairs, law, psychology and sociology, and to careers in fields like public relations, journalism, telecommunications, corporate communication, consulting, counseling, social work and human resources.
New Media Studies Major and Minor
New Media Studies is a multidisciplinary program that combines theory and practice in the study of emerging forms of media, digital information and technology.
Through rigorous interdisciplinary coursework, hands-on media experience and required internships, students integrate media history, theory, research and law with applied project work.
New Media Studies prepares students for graduate study and for work in media industries including: graphic design, audio and visual arts, social media, gaming and simulation, e-text and web publication, and instructional technology. Other career fields include education, entertainment, advertising, journalism, promotion, media research and advocacy.